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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Celebrating Excellence

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Traders Magazine Online News, November 16, 2018

John D'Antona Jr.

Wall Street loves a good celebration.

It was eight years ago that Traders Magazine’s publisher Kenneth Heath decided it was time to celebrate the contributions made by women on Wall Street. A first for its time, Traders Magazine solicited, vetted and selected several spectacular women for special recognition at the New York Academy of Sciences on November 10. There were 16 awards presented at the inaugural event including a Diversity of the Year award – given to the firm which made the greatest strides to advance women and minorities.

Fast forward to now and Traders Magazine, part of the Markets Media Group, builds on Heath’s legacy and initiative by celebrating women at Markets Media Group’s Markets Choice Awards Women in Finance gala. The spirit of the event remains the same – recognizing women of excellence in a field that is now giving rise and credence to women and their contributions to the field of finance.

Winners were announced on November 15th at the JW Marriott Essex House New York. Congratulatios to all this year’s winners.

Excellence in Fintech - Jennifer Peve of DTCC

Excellence in Research - Pamela Finelli of Deutsche Bank

Excellence in Trading Platforms - Lindsey Burik of Mizuho.

Excellence in Business Development - Lael Wakefield of Itiviti.

Excellence in Compliance - Christy Oeth of Virtu Financial.

Excellence in Multi-Asset Trading - Jenny Chen of Societe Generale.

CFO of the Year - Ann Sebert of Capital Institutional Services (CAPIS).

Excellence in Innovation - Raakhee Miller of Bitsian.

Excellence in Service Providers - Stacy Mallon of Vela.

Excellence in Hedge Funds  -Anna Vella of Millennium Partners.

CAO of the Year - Marie Patton of OpenDoor Securities.

Excellence in Exchanges - Catherine Clay of Cboe Global Markets.

Legal Eagle - Sachiyo Sakemi of BlackRock.

Excellence in Electronic Trading - Kathryn Zhao of Cantor Fitzgerald.

Excellence in Regulation -  Jessica Mandel of Credit Suisse.

Excellence in Trading ETFs - Heather Brownlie of BlackRock.

Excellence in Marketing & Communications, Reputational Management -- Marie Chinnici-Everitt, DTCC

Excellence in Marketing & Communications, Regulatory Technology - Silvia Davi, Thesys Technologies

Excellence in Marketing & Communications, Brand Strategy - Stephanie Epstein, BlackRock

Excellence in Marketing & Communications, Marketing Campaigns - Victoria Mellor, NEX

Excellence in Trading Fixed Income - Elizabeth Bodisch of Deutsche Bank.

Crystal Ladder Award - Tara Muller of Virtu Financial.

Trailblazer Award - Marina Lutova Meyers of Citadel.

Individual Achievement Award - Lydie Hudson of Credit Suisse.

Excellence in Prime Brokerage - Matilde Acerra-Skelton of Barclays.

Excellence in Trading Equities -  Emma Quinn of AllianceBernstein.

Excellence in Global Trading -  Supurna VedBrat of BlackRock.

Excellence in Risk Management - Tracy Rucker-Wilson of Vanguard Group.

Excellence in Asset Management - Karen Choi of Capital Group.

Excellence in Leadership -  Michaela Kraenzle of Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Rising Stars:

Amanda Asali, Vice President, Strategy Group, Mizuho Americas

Abigail Carras, Associate, Structured Solutions Group, Deutsche Bank

Kate Holleran, Head of Capital Solutions Americas, Barclays

Akiko Imai, Electronic Block Desk, Sales & Coverage, ITG

Anna Kessler, Vice President Product Management, Tradeweb Markets

Laine Litman, Head of VFI & VFX, Virtu Financial

Izzy Masters, Vice President, Quantitative Trader, AllianceBernstein

Kristin Morgan, Director of Institutional Fixed Income Sales, INTL FCStone

Allison Nave, Vice President of Sales at Tradeweb Markets, Dealerweb

Krysten Sciacca, Equity Analyst, Instinet

Megan Spychalski, Director of Data Management and Analytics, Chicago Trading Company


Again, congratulations to all the winners!


This article originally appeared in the November 2011 edition of Traders Magazine

Celebrating Excellence

Women Trailblazers, Entrepreneurs, Mentors, Rising Stars and Others Honored for Their Achievements

By John D'Antona Jr. and Gregory Bresiger

Trading is and always has been a man's world. But there are exceptions to every rule. Women in trading have made their imprint on an industry that has not always been female-friendly. Welcome to "Wall Street Women: A Celebration of Excellence." This issue features 15 award-winning women who have placed their mark of success upon the Street-and as a result, are being honored for their accomplishments.

While a small number of women have survived the tumult of Wall Street, the great ones have thrived. The winners' stories of leadership, perseverance, assertiveness and charity are inspiring to both women and men.

Take Jeanne Murtaugh, for example, a Wall Street pioneer. A 38-year veteran, she founded Wachovia's retail brokerage division. Murtaugh will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural event feting the winners on Nov. 10 in New York. Her success formula? A vision; being able to see where markets were headed.

"It was very important," she said, "to be strategic in my orientation. I clearly was not only committed to working hard but identifying a trend line in a market."

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A love of the business has been a primary driver that has propelled these high achievers to success. Just ask senior sales trader Sylvia Rocco, a 40-year veteran at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, who started on the trading desk in the 1970s. She recalls being the only woman in a men's locker-room atmosphere, given no formal training yet being asked to handle institutional clients' orders while her male counterparts were traveling.

"I worked for four brokers as their sole assistant," she said. "The three hired before me quit within a few days. I guess they didn't like the hectic atmosphere."

But she remained and persevered. She has long been an anchor on the desk-a mentor to the junior traders who look to learn from her, as well as a respected colleague to everyone.

Indeed, perseverance is the name of the game for others, too. Kathy Cheevers, chief executive officer at Chicago-based Cheevers & Co., has seen much in her career. But nothing compares to Sept. 11, 2001 and the aftermath, according to Cheevers. It was a time that tested her commitment to the business.

"I remember when I was on the phone with a broker and then it just went silent," said Cheevers, who opened her firm in 1982. "But we kept going."

Other women have similar stories, ones that demonstrate their determination and patience, as well as their desire to succeed.

RBC Capital Market's chief operating officer Deborah Freer said she had to establish that she was "not going to be walked on." At the same time, Freer had to determine "the right level of assertiveness." Freer won a Traders Magazine Mentor Award, along with BofA's Rocco.

Each woman developed her own strategy to compete at the highest echelon. Stacy Bash-Polley, partner, co-head of fixed income sales in the Americas at Goldman Sachs, was the sole winner of the Excellence in Leadershp Award. She devised a rule that she has applied to both her professional and personal life. It's the 24-hour rule, which introduces a cooling-off period before responding in certain situations. It helped her innumerable times in her career.

And Melissa Hinmon, now a senior equity trader at Turner Investments, recalls being excluded from meetings by her male counterparts at the outset of her career in the 1980s. But she didn't let that bother her, and today her skills are recognized. Today she works on a desk in which five of seven traders are women. "Without a doubt, things are much better for women than when I started in the business," Hinmon said.

And that has been the mantra of Deutsche Bank-making things better for women. The broker-dealer was selected for its proactive stance towards women and its prowess in recruiting, cultivating and supporting females in all roles.

When searching for talent, especially with more experienced candidates, the firm works closely with several executive search firms and requests diverse candidate slates for those positions. Deutsche Bank has also expanded its search for U.S.-based talent across the globe. "Hiring at the MBA level is truly global, with U.S. MBAs often taking roles in our overseas locations and foreign national MBAs often taking roles here in the U.S. office," said Mark Chamberlain, head of diversity for the Americas.

The winners in eight categories were nominated by the industry and selected by an independent advisory committee comprised of women in the financial community. Here are this year's winners of the inaugural "Wall Street Women: A Celebration of Excellence."

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